European Union supports Iran nuclear deal, may talk to U.S.'s Pompeo

Erika Holt
May 14, 2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks with his counterparts on the sidelines of the summit.

After meeting with Lavrov on the sidelines of an Arctic Council foreign ministers meeting in Rovaniemi, Finland, on Monday, Pompeo said he believed the conversation had been "good" and had set the stage for potentially positive discussions on the significant differences between Washington and Moscow on many issues.

Pompeo was expected to begin his visit to Russia with a meeting with the USA embassy staff in the Russian capital.

Hunt said that "if Iran becomes a nuclear power its neighbors are likely to want to become nuclear powers".

The cancellation of the visit to Moscow, scheduled for Monday, according to Riabkov, is due to strictly personal changes in Pompeo's agenda, who made a decision to travel to Brussels to discuss the Iranian issue with Europeans.

"We will continue to support it as much as we can with all our instruments and all our political will", Mogherini told reporters.

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Washington has warned ships that "Iran or its proxies" could be targeting maritime traffic in the Persian Gulf region and said it was deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged threats from Tehran.

Iran announced on May 8, one year after the United States withdrew from the deal, that it was suspending some of its commitments under the agreement.

"The Iranians have used the proxies in the region to dominate and control the Middle East which is their ultimate objective", Keane continued. "He's always welcome obviously, but there are no precise plans at the moment", she said.

Iran last week announced it was suspending some of its commitments under the agreement, a year after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the accord and imposed swingeing sanctions on the Islamic republic - putting the deal in peril.

Saudi Arabia said on Monday two of its oil tankers were among those targeted and described it as an attempt to undermine the security of crude supplies amid tensions between the United States and Iran. The treaty is at risk of collapsing a year after the USA pulled out and piled on fresh sanctions against Iran. But they told ABC News the trip is a "good opportunity... to take that conversation [with Russia] to a higher level and for a frank exchange of views on where the challenges and opportunities are".

His warning comes less than a week after a significant shift in the dynamic between the US and Iran saw Washington deploy forces in the Gulf.

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